Hello to Everyone of Allen Descent, and Happy New Year!!
I was born in 1961 in Newport, Vermont (near the Canadian border), and much of my family still lives in that area (part of what is colloquially referred to as "The Northeast Kingdom" of Vermont.
I have confirmed through town records, mid 1800s federal census records, FamilySearch.com, and several other online sources that my forebears in Vermont and the United States begin with Robert Allen. Though in several sources he is listed as being from England, that is as specific as it gets for his place of birth or previous residence before he emigrated.
He first appears in any records that I've seen for the town of Charleston, VT on 5 Aug 1838, when he marries Betsey Pomeroy, part of a family already in Charleston. He appears in the 1850 and 1860 Census records (occupation is farmer), as well. And I know he died on 11 Sep 1877 (in Charleston, where he's buried) at the age of 78 (town records). However, ages given during the census recordings and from other town records offer enough of a difference in age that he might have been only about 72 when he died. Thus, he was born in England sometime between about 1798 and 1805.
Though he was eventually married three times, he appears to have had at least one child, Phoebe/Phebe, through a marriage in England. His marriage to Betsey is listed as his second marriage, however his first wife seems to never have come to Vermont with him. So, I must assume she died before he came, or during the journey. Phoebe was born in Oct 1833 (in England), and married a Solomon Morton, who was also from England. However, she dies in May 1858 at 24 years, 7 months of age. Records for her death indicate that her mother's name may have been Phoebe, as well.
That's about as much as I know. I can't determine what route he came to America, through ports in the US or perhaps Canada. It is safe to assume he came in the years between Phoebe's birth and his marriage to Betsey, 1833-1838. If there is anyone on either side of "the pond" that can help complete the circuit, I'd love to hear from them. I'm also happy to share what I know of Robert's descendants through to my generation, as well.
I know this is a shot in the dark, but it's fun to try, anyway.
All the best to my fellow Allens, and thanks to all in advance!